Godfather of metal Ozzy Osbourne is being sued over unpaid royalties for the song ‘Crazy Train’. The dispute has been brought to the courts by Osbourne’s former songwriting partner Bob Daisley.
‘Crazy Train’ was released in 1980 and features on Ozzy’s debut solo album ‘Blizzard of Ozz’. It has since become one of Osbourne’s most well known songs and features one of the most recognisable guitar riffs in rock history. Guitar World magazine actually voted the song’s guitar solo (performed by Randy Rhoads) as its 9th greatest solo of all time.
Daisley played Bass on the studio recording of the song and has a song writing credit along with Osbourne and Rhoads. It has come to light this week that Daisley has filed a lawsuit against Osbourne’s company Blizzard Music Limited, seeking to obtain $2 million in unpaid royalties for the song.
As a co-songwriter Daisley is eligible to receive royalties for the song and has been since its initial release. Daisley claims however that Blizzard Music Limited have been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before issuing said royalties, therefore giving the songwriter less than his rightful share.
Daisley’s lawyer Alan Howard issued this statement: “While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley.” “Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated.”
Bob Daisley featured on five Ozzy Osbourne albums between 1980 and 1991. As well as ‘Crazy Train’ Daisley also co-authored a number of Ozzy’s biggest hits before being fired by Osbourne after the release of ‘No More Tears’.